Pollen bakery is a sourdough and Viennoiserie bakery in Manchester. The bakery has now relocated from the backstreet of the Piccadilly railway arch to Cotton Field Wharf in Ancoats, located beside New Islington Marina.
There is also a fascinating story behind the relocation of the bakery. This is because after wanting to relocate, the cost of doing so was much higher than first anticipated. So what did they do? Well, a crowdfunding page was set up to raise £10,000 in order to fund the necessary costs involved. In less than a day, the target was hit and the amount raised currently stands at £19,483.
So how do you benefit by donating? Each amount donated carries a different reward. For example, if you donate £45 or more, you receive a card that entitles you to a coffee and pastry ten times over any duration. I think it’s a fantastic idea but if you want to find out more or donate, follow the link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/280222093/help-us-build-the-new-pollen-bakery/description
The bakery opened its new doors on the 30th May, so just over a week later, I had the opportunity to go and see what all the fuss was really about. Before visiting, I had read that people would queue for over an hour just to get their hands on something before it sold out.
If I’m honest, I’d probably do the same! But luckily for me, I visited on a Friday afternoon and the queue merely took 5 minutes. The bakery also sits on a canal, which is not only scenic but also very relaxing, away from the busyness of the city centre.
ABOUT THE FOOD
I was going to write this section myself but I thought there is no better way of hearing about how the food is created then hearing about it from Pollen themselves. So pictured below is the description of the food process.
I didn’t try any of the Viennoiserie options on my visit but when I visit again, I’ll ensure I try one of the available options so I can let you all know about it. But if you try before I do, you’ll have options such as blueberry bostock, savoury croissant toast, almond croissants, pain au chocolat and more!
The best way to see the daily options is by viewing the Pollen Bakery Instagram account (@pollenbakery). But be warned… It’ll make you hungry!
If the above isn’t up your street, there is plenty more to choose from. On the day, there was a variety of sweet options available:
- Raspberry and pistachio cake (£3)
- Spiced orange cake (£3)
- Chocolate banana loaf (£3)
- Chocolate olive oil cake (£3)
- Ginger and carrot cake (£3)
- Crinkle cookies (£1.50)
On top of that, you have some amazing brownies to choose from:
- Salted caramel and cocoa nib brownie (£3)
- Raspberry cheesecake brownie (£3)
- White chocolate and pecan brownie (£3)
- Rye and pistachio vegan brownie (£3)
The options vary from time to time but at least this gives you an idea of what to expect.
CHEESECAKE BROWNIE AND COFFEE
You wouldn’t guess it but I’m such an indecisive person, especially when I have so many options in front of me. After much ‘umming and ahhing’, I chose the raspberry cheesecake brownie and a flat white coffee.
The brownie was brilliant. I think it’s so easy to get the consistency of a brownie wrong but it was exactly how a brownie is meant to be (In my opinion anyway). Every fork full was like a chocolate goo, which would melt instantly on every mouthful. The combination of raspberry and chocolate is one of my favourite things as well, which is probably one of the reasons for enjoying it so much. But had it not been an option, I would have picked the salted caramel and cocoa nib brownie as my second option. Whatever your choice, I’m sure it’ll be great!
So, you’re probably thinking, what is he on about? This blog is meant to be about food. But I feel as if the dog (Maru) had to be mentioned. I was lucky enough to meet Maru and yes, he’s as fluffy as he looks. I believe he is at the bakery a lot of the time and I have included some pictures of Maru below, courtesy of Pollen Bakery’s Instagram account.
If those pictures didn’t tempt you enough, then here is some more…
Sorry if you’re a cat person!
On this occasion, I was treated by my Dad (So thanks Dad!).
Raspberry cheesecake brownie = £3
Chocolate banana loaf = £3
Flat white and an Espresso = £5
RATINGS AND COMMENTS
Overall rating – 10/10
Value for money – 10/10
Overall, there were no faults with Pollen Bakery and I thought the prices were great. You can pay a lot more for coffee in Costa or Starbucks and the coffee definitely isn’t as good as Pollen’s. I also loved the presentation of the coffees and the cups they come in. It’s something different, making it a lot more unique.
WILL I RETURN
Yes, and I’ll be shouting about this place!
Address: Unit 2B, Cotton Field Wharf, 8 New Union Street, Manchester M4 6FQ
Opening Times: Mon/Tues: Closed. Wed-Fri: 8am-4pm. Sat/Sun: 10am-4pm.
Please be aware:
- Hours may differ for bank holidays.
- Check their Instagram page for any opening/closing updates: @pollenbakery.